Before flying to the Bavarian Alps and the castle of Elmau, where Chancellor Olaf Scholz will welcome the leaders of the G7, Emmanuel Macron sought to regain control in a complicated political situation since the reverse of the legislative elections, where he did not obtained only a relative majority. It was time for clarifications, in an interview with AFP published on Saturday evening June 25.
Essential point: its Prime Minister. He “confirmed” his confidence in her. “Seeing both the refusals and the availability, I have given him a mandate, in the coming days, to formally and precisely explore with the groups of the National Assembly which correspond to the political forces of government, the degree of cooperation to which they are ready”, explained the President of the Republic.
After meeting the leaders of the parliamentary groups himself at the beginning of the week, Elisabeth Borne will be responsible for sounding out the various forces in the lower house and determining whether they are ready to make “government agreements, with or without participation”; if they are ready to “vote confidence or abstain” on July 5; the same for the budget (next autumn); and to establish the positioning of the groups “on the main legal texts which will mark out the coming months and the elements that they wish to bring to it”, he indicated.
On her return from the G7 and NATO, the Prime Minister will submit to the President a roadmap and the composition of a “new government of action” which will be put in place at the beginning of July. This may be joined by representatives of political forces ready to cooperate with the majority. The “path” traced “responds to what the French are asking of us: dialogue, respect and listening to meet their expectations and emergencies together”, immediately greeted the Prime Minister on Twitter.
On the other hand, this outstretched hand is not addressed to all opposition groups. The arc will extend “from the communists to the LR (the Republicans). The French have granted legitimacy to the deputies RN (National Rally) and LFI (La France insoumise) and these parties have a political formation. I do not confuse the extremes but by their expression, their positioning – I have always been clear on this subject -, these formations do not register as parties of government”, justified Emmanuel Macron.
The basis of the discussions will be within “the framework of the presidential project and that of the presidential majority, which may be amended or enriched”. A single red line: “not to increase taxes or the debt”, indicated the president. Despite his setback in the legislative elections last Sunday, Emmanuel Macron has not given up on his reform aimed at “making the French work longer”, “as all our neighbors do, taking into account working conditions and therefore the rules of arduousness, taking into account long careers”. It is, with that concerning full employment, “the two major reforms that we must carry out in consultation, without totems or taboos, but keeping a course of ambition”, he believes.